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Oklahoma Football: Sooners No. 6 in preseason Coaches Poll

Overall, four Big 12 schools are in the preseason Top 25.

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As we inch closer to the anticipated beginning of the college football season, preseason prognostications are beginning to roll out. The Amway Coaches Poll is the latest one to drop, and the voting coaches have the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 6.

Here’s the full Top 25:

  1. Clemson (38)
  2. Ohio State (17)
  3. Alabama (4)
  4. Georgia
  5. LSU (6)
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Penn State
  8. Florida
  9. Oregon
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Auburn
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Texas
  15. Michigan
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. USC
  18. Minnesota
  19. North Carolina
  20. Utah
  21. UCF
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Iowa
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Iowa State

A few obsevations:

  • The top 25 includes four Big 12 teams — Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Their respective spots are generally pretty fair, although I would probably flip Oklahoma State and Texas simply due to the returning experience on both sides of the ball in Stillwater. ISU isn’t quite on the level of the two orange teams simply due to the fact that they experienced so many losses up front both offensively and defensively. Recruiting is improving in Ames, but it still isn’t the type of program that “reloads”.
  • As far as Oklahoma is concerned, I’d probably have to put them at No. 5 ahead of LSU. The fact that the Tigers are down at No. 5 with as many as six first-place votes is pretty telling. Some voters are giving them the respect that they believe is due to a defending national champion, while many of the other coaches are taking the roster turnover and loss of Joe Brady into account.
  • You’ll hear zero complaints from me regarding teams 1-4. Clemson and Ohio State return Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, respectively, and expect to be just as tough on defense. Alabama won’t be as stellar at QB, but recruiting at their level alleviates some of that concern. The same goes for Georgia.
  • With Michigan all the way down at No. 15, it would appear that people are finally getting the message.